Wednesday, September 7, 2005
Catholic Feast Days

Catholic Feastdays are days set aside to remember important people and events through the course of the Faith from the time of Mary's birth all the way through today honoring the saints. The calendar of saints has been changed throughout Church history to remove some saints in order that others may be celebrated too. One of these changes occurred in 1969, which greatly altered (arguably in a very bad way), the calendar.

Today, some Traditional Catholics like to follow the pre-1955 Calendar, some prefer the 1955 Calendar, and some prefer the 1962 Calendar.  These three calendars are very similar.

The following calendar lists the General Roman Catholic Calendar.  Many saints are not on the General Calendar and some are only on specific calendars of specific orders or for specific areas of the world.  Yet, all saints have a feast day in the year, even if it is not universally celebrated on the General Calendar.

Recommended Volumes of Meditation on the Catholic Liturgical Year:

The Liturgical Year (15 Volume Set) by Father Dom Gueranger (A MUST READ!)

1954 vs. 1955 Calendar:

The following list by month indicates the Liturgical Year according to the General Roman Catholic Calendar of 1954.  Besides the significance changes and alterations to the Holy Week Liturgies in the 1955 changes, there were a few other noteworthy changes. With the advent of the 1955 Calendar, Pope Pius XII instituted the feast of "St. Joseph the Worker" on May 1 (moving the feast of "Saints Philip and James" from May 1, where it had been since the sixth century, to May 11, and suppressing the "Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary" that, since Pope Pius IX's decree of September 10, 1847, had been celebrated on the second Wednesday after the Octave of Easter).  He also instituted the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen on May 31; to make room for it, he moved the feast of St. Angela Merici to June 1.

Some of the Movable Feasts (Those That Do Not Fall on the Same Date Each Year):
Traditional Calendar (1954).   

Differences related to different calendars are noted in italicsSome Masses that were only celebrated in certain places at this time and were not on the Universal Calendar are noted as "Mass in Some Places":


(1) Feast of the Holy Name: Sunday between the Circumcision and Epiphany [or January 2, when no such Sunday occurs]

Note: In a leap year, the Vigil of St. Matthias is kept on February 24, and any Feasts usually occurring from February 24 through 28 are kept one day later.

Friday after Passion Sunday: Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Greater Double

Wednesday after the II Sunday after Easter: Solemnity of St. Joseph, C - Double of the I Class
Wednesday after the III Sunday after Easter: Octave Day of St. Joseph, C - Greater Double








Movable Masses in Some Places:


del_button May 26, 2008 at 6:17 AM
Ding Dong said...

I need the important ones only!!
Plzz list them

del_button December 31, 2008 at 4:15 PM
Anonymous said...

Thank you so much!!! This really helped me with my Confirmation homework. :)

del_button May 25, 2009 at 9:02 AM
Anonymous said...

Thank you for this helpful information. I needed this for reference on projects. God bless you.

del_button January 7, 2010 at 6:09 PM
Anonymous said...

bah thares too much but thanxx anyway theres like one for every dayy!!!

del_button February 14, 2010 at 8:30 PM
Anonymous said...

thank you

del_button May 1, 2010 at 8:54 PM
Anonymous said...

thxx soooooooo much helping wiff confirmation homework but ONLY IMPORTANT ONES!!!!!! :] :) x]

del_button December 12, 2010 at 1:57 PM
Anonymous said...

this helped alot. thanks

del_button January 1, 2012 at 5:02 PM
Anonymous said...

In regards to your calendar of Catholic feast days, I do not understand why you continue to utilize what you call the "traditional" calendar.

Is that not simply a form of "cafeteria-Catholicism"; refusing to accept the current calendar as decreed by the Vatican?

del_button January 1, 2012 at 5:41 PM
Matthew said...

Catholics are free to use the traditional Catholic Calendar. Realize that different Rites in the Church have different calendars. The byzantines, for example, have both Old and New Calendars. The Roman Rite has several legitimate options. Saying that the Vatican has decreed for use to follow subsequent calendars is unfounded - there is no decree requiring such

del_button September 3, 2013 at 4:41 AM
raymond salvador said...

Your calender needs a VERY IMPORTANT addition:


That should never be missed. It's the very next Sunday right directly after Easter, as decreed by the Lord through St. Faustina and established by Bl. Pope John Paul II after the hard-pushing promotion of Bl. Fr. Sopocko - St. Faustina's spiritual director.

Any who abide by the request of Holy Confession (within 8 days before or after that Sunday) and then on THAT specific Sunday, receives Him in the state of grace in Holy Communion, receives full pardon for their sins. That's a big one to be noted in a bright-colored circle on all of our calenders.

<3 Please add that one in. :) Lord God love you.

del_button July 18, 2014 at 3:25 PM
Matthew said...

Divine Mercy Sunday is not part of Catholic Tradition. For that reason it is not on the calendar.

del_button August 15, 2014 at 7:21 AM
Anonymous said...

What has happened to St Vincent De Paul on Sept 27th

del_button August 16, 2014 at 7:30 AM
Matthew said...

From the time of his feast's introduction in 1737 up until 1969 his feast was always held on July 19th.

del_button December 18, 2014 at 8:37 PM
Anonymous said...


del_button December 19, 2014 at 6:48 AM
Matthew said...

The main feast is Easter

del_button May 3, 2016 at 2:32 AM
Anonymous said...

Thank you for this list!

del_button September 12, 2016 at 11:16 AM
Anonymous said...

Does St. Thomas More "only" fall with some categorization of holy martyrs? I didn't see him listed anywhere and didn't know his day or if he shared a day.

del_button September 18, 2016 at 9:48 AM
Matthew said...

Anonymous, Pope Leo XIII beatified St Thomas More, St John Fisher and 52 other English Martyrs on 29 December 1886. Pope Pius XI canonised More and Fisher on 19 May 1935, and More's feast day was established as the 9th July. Since this blog uses the traditional feastdays before Vatican II, we observe it on July 9th. Since 1970 the General Roman Calendar has celebrated More with St John Fisher on the 22nd of June (the date of Fisher's execution).

del_button September 18, 2016 at 9:51 AM
Matthew said...

But St. Thomas More's feastday was kept only in England and Wales as a regional feastday through the 1960 Roman Catholic Calendar.

del_button February 2, 2018 at 8:00 AM
Julie Bennett said...

What is the source of the artwork for each month? Beautiful.

del_button February 2, 2018 at 1:35 PM
Matthew said...

The source is: Enid M. Chadwick, My Book of the Church's Year (London : Mowbray).

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